A housewife wept in the dock yesterday after losing her appeal against a conviction for pressing a hot iron on her maid's hands. Liu Man-kuen, 33, will have to serve at least a further seven months after Mr Justice Gareth Lugar-Mawson's ruling. The judge dismissed Liu's bid for an immediate release from prison, saying her 18-month sentence was not excessive. 'I'm happy the court has again found against her,' victim Achacoso Warly Cabaneros, 28, said last night. 'I'm happy because she deserves to be punished for what she has done. I'm happy because at last she accepts what she has done to me.' Lawyers for Ms Cabaneros are expected to press ahead with her civil claim against Liu. Ms Cabaneros said she did not have a figure in mind and would leave the details to her lawyers. She has been granted legal aid. Liu, who initially said Ms Cabaneros inflicted the injuries on herself, admitted on appeal that she committed the offence. The housewife ironed Ms Cabaneros' hands as punishment for scorching a camisole at her apartment in Tai Hang Road, Causeway Bay, on February 25. Her counsel on appeal, barrister Kevin Egan, had argued the injuries were not serious enough to warrant Liu's conviction of inflicting 'grievous bodily harm'. Liu was convicted on May 26 by Magistrate Colin Mackintosh, who jailed her for 18 months. Mr Egan had urged Mr Justice Lugar-Mawson to reduce the term to allow Liu's immediate release. But Mr Justice Lugar-Mawson dismissed Liu's appeal, noting that 'grievous' meant nothing more than 'really serious'. 'There is no definitive list of injuries which can be considered really serious,' the judge said. Whether a particular form of injury was grievous was a question of fact best left to the trial judge, in Liu's case Mr Mackintosh, he said. The judge also questioned Liu's claim that she had been distressed because she suspected her husband had a mistress. 'There must be many wives, possibly as many husbands, who would suspect their spouse of infidelity. Very few under such stress would think of such punishment, let alone carry it out,' Mr Justice Lugar-Mawson said. Johnson Hun, a Hong Kong-based watchdog for the Philippine Government, praised the ruling: 'Justice is not on the side of the rich this time,' Mr Hun said. 'This is to tell those employers that money can't help clear their names if they have done something wrong.'